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POSTDOCTORAL NEWSLETTER September 2010 Volume 3, Issue 3

This newsletter is sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Education (OPE), Emory University School of Medicine & Emory Postdoctoral Science Writing Committee (Editor: Jacqueline A. Fairley)

Office of Postdoctoral Education Website: ex.cfm

Our Postdoc Web Site c/PostdocComm/postdocNews.htm Inside this Issue:

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Welcome to the Postdoctoral Newsletter for the Emory Scientific Community. The Postdoctoral Newsletter will provide information, resources, articles, views and opinions for and by Postdoctoral Fellows at Emory University School of Medicine.

Career Building Opportunities

WANTED! CREATIVE POSTDOCS Friendly editors looking for writers and artists to share informative, funny and interesting articles, poetry, jokes, or drawings. Offering an easy peer-review process and fast publication turn around! Submit now! ( UPCOMING POSTDOCTORAL EVENTS Fall 2010 September 1/Wednesday (3-5pm, SOM 120) 15/Wednesday (3:30-5:30pm, SOM 110) 23/Thursday (1-5pm, SOM 110)

CVs and Résumés

Upcoming Events ……..1 NRSA Workshop Career Opportunities in the Outstanding Emory Biomedical and Biological Postdocs ……………….2 Sciences Funding Opportunities…2 23/Thursday (5-6pm, SOM Lobby) Postdoctoral Fellows Postdoc Cmts………….2 Appreciation Reception Important Websites …...2 October Summary of 3rd Annual 6/Wednesday (9-11:30am, SOM 178P) Postdoctoral Orientation Postdoc Symposium……3 6/Wednesday (4-6:30pm, SOM 153A) Ethics Course (pre-registration Improving Journal required) 14/Wednesday (4-6:30pm, SOM 153A) Ethics Course (pre-registration Writing………………....3 required) Post-Doc Survey.............3 November How Not to Get Frustrated 3/Wednesday (4-6:30pm, SOM 153A) Ethics Course (pre-registration in Science………………4 required) Entertainment: Customs 10/Wednesday (4-6:30pm, SOM 153A) Ethics Course (pre-registration Around the required) World……….………….4 18/Thursday (3-5pm, SOM 120) Career Development Postdoc Appreciation Workshop Part 1: Day……………………..5 Applying/Interviewing for a Job December 2/Thursday (3-5pm, SOM 110) 13/Monday (3-5pm, SOM 120)

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES Sources for funding opportunities can be found at the website of The Office of Postdoctoral Education: Postdoc/funding_opportunities.cfm

POSTDOC ADVISORY BOARD of the Postdoctoral Association @ Emory University, 2009-2010

13/Monday (5-6:30pm, SOM 120/Lobby)

Part 2: Managing People & Projects on the Job Postdoctoral Holiday Social

Grant Tutorials: NRSA (3 class series, pre-registration required) Fridays, October 1, 8, 15 9-11am, SOM 455/ SOM 153A/SOM 153A

EMORY POST-DOC APPRECIATION DAY: Sept. 23rd, 2010 Drew Kohlhorst, Chair Emory Post-Doc Executive Committee

The National Post-Doc Association has set aside September 24th, 2010 as Post-Doc Appreciation Day, with the week of September 20-24th as Post-Doc Appreciation Week. Over the course of this week, universities and colleges across the United States and worldwide will be hosting similar events focused on post-docs and the career needs of their post-doc community. For more information Postdoc Executive Committee about the events other academic institutions are hosting please visit: © = Co-Chairs Coinciding with the National Post-Doc Appreciation Week, the Emory Heather Ross© University Office of Post-Doc Education and the Emory Post-Doc Association (Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences) will host an afternoon-long seminar entitled: “Career Opportunities in the Drew Kohlhorst© Biomedical and Biological Sciences” followed by a wine and cheese reception on Alaine Keebaugh rd September 23 , 2010. The “Career Opportunities in the Biomedical and Yan Liang (Pharmacology) Biological Sciences” seminar, on September 23rd from 1-5p at the Emory School Cengiz Gunay (Biology) of Medicine Auditorium 110, will feature scientists from a wide variety of Jean Phillippe Gourdine academic, industry, clinical and government research positions as well as scientists (Biochemistry) focused on teaching and administrative positions at 4 year and Research Anca Doloc-Mihu (Biology) Institutions. Speakers are invited to give a 10-minute talk about their work and Patricia Jumbo Lucioni (Human role with audience questions to follow. Post-Docs are also invited to the wine and Genetics) cheese reception, from 5-6p, immediately following the seminar where they can talk with the speakers and mingle with other post-docs. For more information on Science Writing Committee the “Career Opportunities in the Biomedical and Biological Sciences” seminar Anca Doloc-Mihu © (Biology) visit: Jacqueline Fairley (Neurology) Yan Liang (Pharmacology) w.cfm#sym Usha Bughani (Surgery, Vascular) We hope all Emory post-docs will take advantage of this seminar and have a Oscar Medina (Pediatrics) great Post-Doc Appreciation Week! Hao Chen (Radiation Oncology) Chalonda R. Handy (Neurosurgery) FEATURING OUTSTANDING EMORY POSTDOCS: Angela Vitale (Human Genetics) Yan Ling, Ph.D, Pharmacology JoAnna Perry (Yerkes Research JoAnna Perry, D.V.M. Center) Heather Mason-Suares (Human Yerkes Research Center Genetics) Yan Liang, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow in Pharmacology at Emory University. Her current research focuses on protein aggregation and damaged organelle IMPORTANT WEBSITES degradation in relation to neurodegenerative diseases. She recently co-authored a paper entitled “Direct Observation of Nucleation and Growth in Amyloid Self Assembly” that investigated the assembly and aggregation of amyloid, a peptide. This site provides information and She was also featured, along with chemistry graduate student Seth Childers and resources to postdocs in the School chemistry postdoctoral fellow Anil Mehta, in an article highlighting research of Medicine. findings in the area of peptide organization. As a result of her noteworthy

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Page 2 of 5 c/ProPostdoc/open_positions.cfm This site provides information about the Open post-doctoral Positions in Emory University. This site provides useful information for International Scholars including the links for family support, housing, health, communication, transport, visas, and travel in Atlanta etc. The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is a memberdriven organization that provides a unique, national voice for postdoctoral scholars. ndex.html Careers website for Emory Univ.

IMPORTANT NEWS: Postdoc Survey The Postdoc Association is preparing a survey that will land in your email boxes in early October. Please note that this is postdocs asking other postdocs about their opinions and demographics. We plan to keep this information confidential and only publish anonymous statistics from it. It will help us organize ourselves to best meet the needs of the Emory postdoc community. For one, we will be better able to organize events and workshops. It will also make life better for incoming postdocs since we and Emory will be more prepared for them. Outgoing postdocs will be kept in the loop by providing a more permanent email address. So please be sure to follow the link from the email and fill out Emory University Postdoc Newsletter

contributions within her lab, she was selected to be the „Featured Postdoc‟ for the newsletter. Corresponding through e-mail, I recently asked her several questions related to her research experiences at Emory. Regarding her decision to pursue both doctoral and post-doctoral research at Emory, she cited both family and Emory‟s reputation as a strong research institution as major factors in her decision. With a PhD in Chemistry, she said that it was a challenge to transition from chemistry to biology. However, the skills and knowledge she gained as graduate student, along with the multi-disciplinary aspect of her research, allowed her to more easily overcome the learning curve while making that transition. In response to a question regarding how she formulates her research ideas, she said, “I usually first consider my interest, and combine my experience for what I can do. When the project starts, the ideas will come.” When asked to provide advice for other postdocs who seek to make significant contributions in their lab, she drew from an important lesson she learned in graduate school: “never give up.” However, she noted that giving up can take on another meaning during postdoctoral training, in that a postdoc could „give up‟ research to pursue the many career opportunities available besides research. Dr. Liang would like to pursue an academic career upon completion of her postdoc. She presently teaches chemistry at a local college and said that her plan to continue to do research in her career depends on how her current research and teaching progress. Although her plans may not be concrete at this time, she says, “If I continue do things, I can go somewhere.” When asked what she does to relax, she stated that she enjoys going to see movies. She also noted that her Christian faith provides her with balance. Additionally, she volunteers to take care of young children at her church. She said that, at this point in her life, she is focused on doing the best she can with her research while still leading a happy and balanced life outside of the lab. Dr. Liang also likes working with postdocs. In her free time, she helps Emory Postdocs by being an active member in two Emory Postdoc committees. As Co-Chair of the Research Symposium Committee with Dr. Alaine Keebauch, she helped tremendously to organize this important event. As member of the Science Writing Committee, she wrote several interesting articles in our Newsletters. In conclusion, Dr. Liang has so far had a very productive postdoctoral experience of only one year and a half long. Nonetheless, she emphasizes that her research contributions go hand in hand with the efforts of her PI and other lab members.

3rd ANNUAL POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM Anca Doloc‐Mihu, Ph.D. Biology The 3rd Annual Symposium held on May 20, 2010, was a huge success. Check it out at: Emory postdocs from 35 different departments presented 102 posters throughout the day. In addition, nineteen postdocs, selected based on the merit of their submitted abstracts, gave a 15 minute oral presentation of their research. The posters were grouped into five categories, and for each category, the poster with the highest score, as judged by a group of twenty two judges (Emory professors), was awarded.

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the survey as much as you can -- The Postdoc poster winners were: • Gurudatta Vishwanathen ‐ Biochemistry/Cell Biology we left several personal questions • Pallavi Garg ‐ Cancer Biology & Public Health optional in case you prefer to • Parham Eshtehardi ‐ Disease Systems remain discreet. Thanks in • Andrea Sadlonova ‐ Infectious Diseases advance. • Long Chuan Li ‐ Neurosciences -In the past year, Postdoctoral Fellows who had distinguished themselves in the Cengiz Gunay, PhD research were recognized, and each received an Honor Award. One hundred Postdoctoral Fellow, Prinz Lab, twelve postdocs received training awards, grants and fellowships, 11 won travel Dept. of Biology awards to research meetings, 3 postdocs won poster awards, 3 postdocs had press releases, and one published a book. Five Emory mentors, nominated by their postdocs for their excellent mentoring ENTERTAINMENT: skills, joined the "One‐in‐a‐Hundred" Club and received the Outstanding CUSTOMS AROUND THE Mentor Award. The awarded mentors were: WORLD! • Dr. Ronald Calabrese, PhD, Samuel C Dobbs Professor • Dr. Winfield Sale, PhD, Professor FRANCE • Dr. Arthur Stillman, MD/PhD, Director Cardiology In France, when people meet, • Dr. Stephen Traynelis, PhD, Professor they shake hand for greetings like • Dr. Mary Wagner, PhD, Associate Professor Congratulations to our five outstanding poster award winners and their mentors, in US. But contrary to US, when a male friend greets a female Honor Award postdocs, and to our "One‐in‐a‐Hundred" mentors. Thank you to all friend, they usually kiss in the postdocs who presented their excellent work at the symposium. We look forward cheeks twice in France. The OK to seeing your excellent research at next year's symposium!

gesture (thumb up) is similar in both countries.


Jean-Philippe Gourdine,

Biochemistry, School of Medicine

Jacqueline A. Fairley, Ph.D. Neurology

In Transylvania, which is where I come from and which (surprise!) is a part of Romania (and not of Hungary!, as most people mistakenly think), people greet each other with “Servus”. In the other parts of the country, Moldova and Wallachia, friends greet each other with “Salut!” (the equivalent of “Hi” or “Hello” in English), and for showing respect we use “Buna ziua” (meaning “Good day, Sir/Ms.!”). The customs from my country are very similar to those from west Europe and US. Of course there are some differences too. For example, we greet only people we know. Sometimes, one could get very offended if someone he/she

Each postdoctoral scholar will most likely experience the process of publishing research findings. This necessity is of critical importance to those seeking careers in academia and facing the adage “publish or perish,” indicating the requirement for frequent publication to enhance visibility, aid in displaying feasibility, and assist in securing research funding. Awareness of this adage is vital in navigating an academic career; however, what is of greater importance is honing the skills needed to effectively rise above it. A potential first step in obtaining the skills required to reach beyond the idea of “publish or perish” is to understand what is needed to be a consistent and efficient research writer. The best and most time effective manner to obtain this information is to seek the counsel of individuals that are experts in the skill set that is sought. Fortunately, the Emory Office of Postdoctoral Education (OPE) organized a panel of research writing experts and they conducted a series of seminars during Spring 2010 to assist those interested in improving their research writing skills. The journal writing seminar series was divided into four sections: (I) Science Writing for Research Part 1(presenter: Richard Rothenberg, MD), (II) Science Writing for Research Part 2 (presenter: Richard Rothenberg, MD), (III) Figures and Tables (presenter: Ellen Hess, Ph.D.), and (IV) How to Answer a Reviewer‟s Comments (presenter: Jeremy M. Boss, Ph.D.). Science Writing for Research Part 1 focused on the basics of scientific language and the challenges involved with formulating the Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion sections of a scientific paper. Science Writing for Research Part 2 covered techniques to use for effective editing of the aforementioned scientific paper sections. The „Figures and Tables‟ seminar


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knows didn‟t greet him/her when seeing each other on the street. Another difference is that we keep our hugs and kisses only for very close friends and family; for the rest, a hand shake or a greet is enough. What I had hard time with when I came to US, was the dinner time. In my country this is set for around 8-10pm, while here people have dinner starting even at 5pm. So, remember, if you travel to my country, do not expect to have dinner at 5-6pm; a dinner invitation means a late dinner. One last thing to remember about my country: we do not have vampires in our culture. The first vampire was introduced to us by Bram Stoker‟s book “Dracula”. However, the Count Dracula existed indeed; he was a Wallachian Prince, nicknamed Vlad The Impaler because he liked to impale people as punishment for stealing and lying. His real name was Dracula which means “devil” and inspired Stoker, who mistakenly placed Transylvania in Hungary and vampires in Transylvania. You can read more details about this on Wikipedia. Anca Doloc-Mihu, Ph.D. Biology, Emory College

presented best methods to create graphs, tables, and photographs in order to meet publication standards. Lastly, in „How to Answer a Reviewer‟s Comments,‟ the topics of selecting an appropriate journal for your paper, and practical advice for responding to the reviewer‟s feedback were addressed. If you have concerns regarding best methods in scientific writing and missed the journal writing seminars, no worries, you can catch up by visiting the OPE website and viewing the presentation slides ( m). You might find the journal writing seminar notes to be invaluable resources as you embark upon traveling the most common path among academics, the publication journey. Hopefully these resources will also aid in demystifying the publication process and reducing the stress from the „publish or perish‟ adage. Wishing you the best as you work on honing those writing skills and most importantly employing them to share your research findings!

HOW NOT TO GET FRUSTRATED IN SCIENCE Manish Chandra Pathak, Ph.D. Department of Biochemistry It is inevitable to get frustrated and eventually get misdirected in research. Probably, the uncertainties associated with the experimental research have exponential back influence. While agreeing to the precious undeniable reasons involved in science-induced frustration, it is imperative to stay on the track to keep the productivity high. After all, who wants to get trashed in the job market? Moreover, isn't the same insecurity responsible for science- induced frustration? Here are the maneuvers needed to defy the iniquitous effects (not necessary in hierarchy): 1. Ask yourself: Do you like the project? If no, then what you can do to increase the interest? 2. Do not spend inefficient time in lab. Get out and socialize. 3. Think less about expectations. Communicate with mentor. 4. Never underestimate yourself. Its only research input in your control, not the output. 5. Slow down in the race. The top runner is the most insecure of his position. 6. Visit a new place every week (beside lab). 7. Think ahead, but plan only for a day- not for whole year. 8. Talk to someone (I have ears for you). 9. Participate in university events. 10. Laugh and exercise. The disappointment is not what is imposed on us. It is our inability to handle the disturbance caused. More than the problem, it is the reaction to the obstacle which metamorphoses into a bigger threat. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------We would like to thank all our Postdocs for their contribution to the newsletter. We are highly encouraging and requesting Postdocs to come forward and send in their articles, views, opinions, research work, jokes, light hearted entertainment for the coming issues of the newsletter. We also welcome the new Postdocs who have joined the Emory University in this session. Cheers! Science Writing Committee.

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